Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Can Statements

I know a lot of people have been posting their I Can statements. We are doing a data board this year. So each of these will be a header, and before will be a box for every student, once a student can complete the statement, they will color in a box.

I Can Statements

Information Please

Here is a form we send out to parents before Open House to get some more information about their child before the first day of school.

Information Please

Look all the ways you can follow me!

I am excited that I was able to add a Pinterest button, Twitter, and I designed my own button. Phew...what a big day my blog had. Now for a glass of wine!

HELLO is anyone listening?

I have now spent quite a bit of time on my blog and looking at other teacher blogs, it seems to me I am very low in followers. Not sure what I need to do, any help would be wonderful!

Is anyone here? Follow me, so I can follow you!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gordmans Finds

We have seen so many "fantastic finds" form Target, Staples, Dollar Tree. Well I would like to add my own, from Grodmans. I found these chairs and books tonight. The chairs will be used in our classroom library, and the books will be placed in math/word work workstations. I look forward to finding more finds both online and in the store.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mrs Dahl's Kindergarten Supply List

I first got this idea from Mrs. Meachum. My classroom use to be an ELL pod, so most of our parents were English Language Learners. To help them when purchasing school supplies, I added pictures, along with items that were classroom specific. The twistable Crayons have been a wonderful addition, they last ALL year, as long as you teach them not to break them by twisting them all the way up. Also, I usually ended up with lost of the community supplies, so the parents choose 2 from the list above, that way I don't have to store so many items. If I run out, I nicely add it to my newsletter and I usually have parents help out.

Let me know what items you add to your list that are helpful.


Ilearn Supply List

First great read-a-loud!

My Mouth is a Volcano! I was introduced to this book last year by our Guidance Counselor. It helped our students use common language when talking about interrupting. I also had this book out during conferences for parents to look at any many of them commented that their children had talked about this book. I recently purchased this book from Amazon so I can have it in my own classroom library. I am interested in knowing what are your first read-alouds?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Formative Assessments

I created a Capacity Matrix with the knowledge I gained from attending the Quality Workshop by David Langford. I plan on using this in my classroom for the students to record their learning in their data notebooks. This will be used as a formative assessment.

Dolch List Capacity Matrix

Reflecting on the PLC Institute

My passion for working collaboratively is so high I can't wait to get back to school on August 17th. However, I know my enthusiasm will decrease as the summer continues and the stress of the first week sets in. I want to reflect and document all of the excitement I have now. The past 3 days I attended the PLC Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have never been to a workshop so rewarding, and beneficial in all my years of education. I can't wait to spread this knowledge and passion with my team as we work together as a Professional Learning Community.

Quick Thoughts:
If I were a tool in a tool kit, what tool would I be? A hammer, even though I may not be proud of all of the qualities a hammer has, I know what they are and I can work to be a bit more of a paint brush. 

One year, can, and will make a difference in a child's life.  

Before each lesson, or interactive with a child, ask myself, is this good enough for Brayton (my son)?

"Silence is consent." W.  Ferriter If you choose not to participate or speak up, you will be accountable for the decisions of the group. 

This year I want to work on working as a team, learning more, by listening more, and STARTING. It is a journey, not a destination. Get the road, and take the journey with me. 

In my next post, I will upload some documents I have created to use in my classroom as formative assessments.